Psychological & Neuropsychological Testing
WHAT TYPES OF ISSUES CAN PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING HELP DIAGNOSE AND ADDRESS?
Psychological testing can be administered by our psychologists to help you understand your individual strengths and aptitudes, as well as gain a better understanding of difficulties that you may be experiencing.
What types of issues can psychological testing diagnose?
Psychological testing can help you gain a better understanding of your current emotional or behavioral functioning and diagnose depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other issues that can impact your ability to meet the demands of work, school, family life, relationships, and/or general functioning. Psychological testing can provide you with a better understanding of your personality, interests and personal strengths and challenges that can help you make informed decisions about treatment, but can also help you with career decisions, major fields of study such as college major selection, and other significant life choices and decisions.
Neuropsychological/Neurocognitive testing assesses an individual’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning, and can effectively identify the presence of dementia in order to help individuals, their families, and their health care providers determine the most appropriate diagnosis, identify and select the most appropriate level of care or living arrangement, make decisions about the most appropriate and individualized treatment, and determine a person’s capacity to make medical, legal and financial decisions. For individuals residing in long term care facilities, neuropsychological testing will assist with differential diagnosis and treatment recommendations, development of individualized care plans and discharge planning in addition to capacity determination, and level of care selection.
What will the psychologist do to
complete the testing?
Testing involves a diagnostic interview followed by one to three testing sessions lasting two to four hours each. During the testing session(s), you may be asked to answer questions, complete puzzles, tell stories, and solve problems. Each evaluation is customized to meet your specific needs, and the length and number of testing sessions depends on the areas of concern being addressed. After the diagnostic interview, your psychologist will be able to estimate the necessary number of hours to complete the evaluation.
RESULTS OF TESTING:
Once the testing is completed, the psychologist will score and interpret the results of the tests, and create an individualized, written report that summarizes the results and explains the findings. The report will also provide you with recommendations to help you address identified areas of concern.
Generally, Centre Pointe Health Services staff will contact you two to three weeks after testing is completed to schedule a feedback session to go over the results and the report with the psychologist. During the feedback session, the psychologist will review and explain the results and the recommendations, and answer any questions that you may have.